Re: Big health data
@SachinEE: I believe we can measure value, to a point. For example, healthcare organizations are beginning to measure whether certain people who have back surgery live better-quality lives than people who have physical therapy and other treatments after six months. The measurement here is in the quality of life. Personally, I've known people who have had back surgery: In one case, he would have been crippled because the surgeon discovered a severed nerve and something as minor as a sneeze could have caused him to become paralyzed. In several other cases, back surgery didn't do anything to relieve my friends' pain. They seem to still be on the same pain-relieving medications, still need P/T, and actually ache more when it rains because of the incisions. That's one kind of value measure. Another might have to do with medical tests: Do all patients who get MRIs REALLY need these tests or is it a CYA or typical next-step doctors recommend for no clear-cut medical reason? In some cases, that could well be the case and healthcare systems are investigating which instances demand MRIs (for example) and in which cases an MRI is unnecessary.